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Re: [Xen-users] Making system templates

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Subject: Re: [Xen-users] Making system templates
From: "Fajar A. Nugraha" <fajar@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 9 Jun 2009 10:41:29 +0700
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On Tue, Jun 9, 2009 at 4:14 AM, Thomas Goirand<thomas@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> I am wanting to set up a bunch of system templates for my Xen servers,
>> to save me from running some standard package installs and
>> configuration.

> The best way ever is... to NOT use templates or images. Templates gets
> outdated, and soon have loads of package to upgrade. The best way
> (whenever possible, this is not always the case) is to use tools to pull
> and setup packages out of FTP repositories.
> In Debian, there is "debootstrap" to build a debian (and many other
> debian based systems) OS in a chroot. There is also yum to bootstrap RPM
> based distributions (previously we were using rpmstrap, but it's not a
> good idea, it gets outdated so fast...).

I work mainly with RHEL, and while it's possible to use kickstart or
"yum --installroot", it's still significantly slower compared to using
tar.gz templates. So what I did is I maintain a set of templates which
are updated regularly using crontab (extract, yum-update, repack).
This way I get up-to-date template which allows domU deployment in 5
minutes or less.


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